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LI Native Swimmer To Compete For Olympic Spot: How To Watch

Patch logo Patch 6/14/2021 Michael DeSantis
Ben Cono, a Smithtown native, is set to compete at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday for a spot on the men's national team. © Andrew Corbett, Relyks Media Ben Cono, a Smithtown native, is set to compete at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Monday for a spot on the men's national team.

SMITHTOWN, NY — Ben Cono will swim Monday night for a chance to represent the United States of America at the 2021 Summer Olympics.

Cono, 24, who is a Smithtown native, is set to compete in the final round of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in the 100-meter breaststroke category.

The finals are set to be televised on NBC at 8 p.m. EST. The program will also feature the final heats for the women’s 100-meter butterfly and women’s 400-meter freestyle.

Cono qualified in the eighth position with a time of 1:00.36 on Sunday. He has a chance to head to Tokyo with a strong performance against the cream of the crop of American swimmers.

"As long as you get in that 8-final, then it's anyone's game, because everyone is extremely stressed at that point, so it's really just whoever can keep it together better than everyone else," Cono told Patch before he went to Omaha.

Cono has been living in South Carolina where he trained at the University of South Carolina.

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